Panama at the 2018 World Cup: Scores, schedule, complete squad, TV and live stream, players to watch

The 2018 World Cup is underway. CBS Sports will have you covered for each game, all the important news and more, as well as profiles of all of the teams.

Panama gets its first taste of the World Cup this summer in Russia after the team's improbable finish in CONCACAF to finish ahead of teams like the United States and Honduras. Charismatic Colombian manager Hernan Dario Gomez has worked wonders since taking over in 2014 and is one of four people to have led three different national teams to the World Cup, having taken Colombia in 1998 and Ecuador in 2002. 

Competition history

World Cup appearances: One
Best finish: N/A
Last World Cup: N/A

Matches

Monday, June 18: Belgium 3, Panama 0  
June 24: vs. England at 8 a.m. ET, stream on fuboTV (Try for free)    
June 28: vs. Tunisia at 2 p.m. ET, stream on fuboTV (Try for free)   

Roster

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The small Central American nation joins Iceland as teams set to make their World Cup debuts. Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Chorrillo), Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania), Alex Rodríguez (San Francisco FC).

Defenders: Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Eric Davis (Dunajska Streda), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders).

Midfielders:  (Universidad San Martín de Porres), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gomez (Bucaramanga), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario de Lima), Jose Luis Rodríguez (KAA Gent).

Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Blas Perez (Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sports Boys), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato).

Best Player

Ramos Torres. The Seattle Sounders defender was key to this teams qualification, scoring the clinching goal and being a rock at the back. He isn't the most disciplined player you'll see, but he is strong, confident and has no fear, which is a must for a rock at the back.

Player to watch

Blas Perez. He's the joint top-scorer in the national team's history with 43 goals. The former Liga MX and MLS man is 37 years old, but he is one of the best players the country has ever produced. And he's coming off a nice season with Municipal of Guatemala, scoring 13 goals.

Outlook

Panama is going to love just being there. It's a monumental occassion that will capitavate the entire country. But when it comes to actually getting out of the group, it's very unlikely. With England and Belgium in their group, two teams that have tons more talent and experience at the highest of levels, it's just to difficult to seeing how they can get through. If they can somehow upset one of them, they'll have a shot, but even just a point against one them won't likely be enough, combined with a win over Tunisia. Just enjoy the ride.

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Roger Gonzalez is an award-winning writer based in Virginia that has covered pro soccer from Europe's top clubs to Argentina's first division. Roger started out his pro soccer writing career with Goal.com... Full Bio

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